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Nicholas Carey


Dr. Nicholas Carey

Dr. Nicholas Carey - Visiting Research Associate

Research Interests

My research looks at the effects of physical conditions, for example temperature changes and ocean acidification, on the physiology of invertebrates such as molluscs and echinoderms. In particular I am interested in how body size affects metabolism and modulates responses to changes in environmental conditions. My PhD, completed at QUB Marine Lab, looked at metabolic scaling (how metabolism changes with body size) in chitons and echinoderms, and how it was affected by ocean acidification and warming. This research led me to work with overseas collaborators in the USA, Canada, and Sweden.

I am currently conducting postdoctoral research in the lab of Prof. Maria Byrne at the University of Sydney under an Australian government Endeavour Scholarship, where I am examining how changes to metabolic scaling under temperature and OA in urchins may affect intraspecific energetic demand.

Publications

Nicholas Carey, Julia D. Sigwart. 2014. Size matters: plasticity in metabolic scaling shows body-size modulates responses to climate change. Biology Letters, 10(8), 20140408. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0408

Nicholas Carey, Sam T. Dupont, Bengt Lundve, Julia D. Sigwart. 2013. One size fits all: stability of metabolic scaling under warming and ocean acidification in echinoderms. Marine Biology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-014-2493-8

Julia D. Sigwart, Nicholas Carey, Patrick Orr. 2014. How subtle are the biases that shape the fidelity of the fossil record? A test using marine molluscs. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 403, 119-127. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.02.025

Julia D. Sigwart, Nicholas Carey. 2014. Grazing under experimental hypercapnia and elevated temperature does not affect the radulae of chitons (Mollusca, Polyplacophora). Marine Environmental Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2014.05.004

Nicholas Carey, Julia D. Sigwart, and Jeffrey G. Richards. 2013. Economies of scaling: More evidence that allometry of metabolism is linked to activity, metabolic rate and habitat. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 439, 7-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2012.10.013

Nicholas Carey, Alexander Galkin, Patrik Henriksson, Jeffrey G. Richards, and Julia D. Sigwart. 2013. Variation in oxygen consumption among ‘living fossils’ (Mollusca: Polyplacophora). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, 93, 197-207. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315412000653

Nicholas Carey. 2014. Chitons and climate change. American Malacological Bulletin. In review.

Selected Research Awards and Scholarships

2014        Government of Australia Endeavour Research Fellowship - £13,150 (AUS $23,500)        

2013        ASSEMBLE Consortium of European Marine Laboratories - Research Grant - £4150 (€5000)    

2013        Marine Institute of Ireland, Marine Networking Initiative - £635 (€750/$965)        

2013        Society of Biology Early Career MSB Travel Grant - £500 ($800)       

2013        Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, British Columbia - Research Grant - £3000 (CAN $4700)             

2012        ASSEMBLE Consortium of European Marine Laboratories - Research Grant - £4150 (€5000)      

2012        Conchologists of America - Academic Research Grant - £930 (US$1500)                         

2012        American Malacological Society - Melbourne R. Carriker Student Research Grant - £315 (US$500)     

2012        Musgrave Scholarship, Queen's University Belfast - £2500 (US$3900)   

2012        Helen Ramsey Turtle Scholarship, Queen's University Belfast - £1750 (US$2700)    

2011         Unitas Malacologica Student Research Award - £850 (US$1000)              

2011         William and Betty MacQuitty Travel Scholarship, Queen's University Belfast - £1000 ($1600)

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Sydney (Mar-Sep 2014)

Changes to metabolic scaling under warming and ocean acidification in sea urchins, and the energetic consequences. Principal investigator, in collaboration with Prof. Maria Byrne.

Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg (Jan-Mar 2014)

The effects of ocean acidification on radula formation in Leptochiton asellus, and on shell growth and metabolism in the sea hare Aplysia punctata. Principal investigator, in collaboration with Dr. Sam Dupont).

Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, British Columbia (Aug-Sep 2013)

Temperature effects on metabolic scaling in inter- vs. subtidal populations of the chiton Katharina tunicata. Principal investigator.

Visiting Researcher, Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg (Sept-Oct 2012)

The impacts of ocean acidification and temperature on metabolic scaling in echinoderms. In collaboration with Dr. Sam Dupont.

Visiting Researcher, University of Washington, Friday Harbor Labs, Washington (Jul-Aug 2012)

The impacts of ocean acidification and temperature on metabolic scaling in three species of chiton. Guest of Dr. Emily Carrington.

Contact Information

Tel: +44 (0) 7989474875

Email: ncarey02@qub.ac.uk, nicholascarey@gmail.com

Contact Information

Queen's University Marine Laboratory (QML)
12-13 The Strand, Portaferry
Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT22 1PF
Phone: +44 (0)28 427 28230
Email: b.curran@qub.ac.uk

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